It was Halloween last week and because we did not get to finish Horrortober then, we will do it now. This week I tried to watch more quality content after having seen enough mediocre and bland stuff. And I will end my Horrortober experience with Jigsaw. A review of that film will follow soon. Sorry about the delay, I was sick and writing just didn’t happen. Read the previous Horrortober weeks here: week 1; week 2; week 3.
Day 1: Dracula’s Daughter
I decided to go back to the roots once more and watch the sequel to Dracula from 1931. The original is a classic, also one of the first talking movies. Bela Lugosi is king as Dracula. Dracula’s Daughter tells the story of Countess Marya Zaleska, the daughter of Count Dracula and herself a vampire. Following Dracula’s death, she believes that by destroying his body she will be free of his influence and can live as a human. Von Helsing from the original returns and ties this one to the original. Although there is no Bela, this movie is still a good stand alone and worth the watch, if you like a slower paced movie. Gorgeous settings and good acting make this a must watch
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Rubber Bats
Day 2: Krampus The Christmas Devil
I heard a lot of good stuff about this one, so luckily I could watch it on Netflix. By the way there are 2 versions on Netflix, the 2015 one is the good one. A horror comedy, although it has a dark story, the comedy in the movie helps lighten the tension. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus. Enjoyable and funny, recommended for the readers who want to laugh and be scared.
My rating: 4 out of 5 Evil Santas
Day 3: The Last Man on Earth
Some of you may know the story of this movie, either because of the book with the name I am Legend, the 1971 remake The Omega Man or the 2007 movie I am Legend. This is the 1964 version starring Vincent Price. He plays Dr. Robert Morga, who spends his day doing the same things. He wakes up, gathers his weapons, and then goes hunting for vampires.
Superb story and Vincent Price does it again. Even though the movie is hampered due to technical issues and budget restraints. The ending is haunting and much better than the 2007 Hollywood ending of I Am legend. Must see!
My review: 4 out of 5 Stakes
Day 4: Spontaneous Combustion
A horror movie of a different kind directed by Tobe Hooper of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame. The horror here is the atomic bomb and the effects it had on humanity. Brad Dourif plays the role of Sam, who learns that his parents were part of an atomic bomb experiment. As an adult, Sam discovers he has the power of pyrokinesis. He is able to control fire and electricity but with terrible consequences to his body afterwards. As always Brad Dourif’s acting is great, the story and the idea behind it are awesome. However the movie has some real flaws. Recommended for fans of Tobe Hooper or Brad Doruif.
My review: 2 out of 5 Firestarters
Day 5: Two Evil Eyes
This is actual 2 movies for the price of one, it’s a collaberation between George A. Romero and Dario Argento. Each of them tell a tale based on an Edgar Allen Poe story. You can see the diference in filmmaking between the 2 stories. George A. Romero is the Father of the zombiefilms, so his story has somewhat more gore. Dario Argento made his name with Giallos, murder mystery slashers to put it blunt. So his story focuses more on the human element . Synopsis of the 2 stories: A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.
Great movie! 2 masters at work with 2 creepy stories. Must see!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Black Cats.
Day 6: Black Sabbath
Ticking all the horror icon boxes this week, this movie is by a somewhat renowned director: Mario Bava and it stars one of horror greatest actors Boris Karloff. This is another frame story, the first story is about a woman who gets threatening phone calls in her home. The second one is about a traveller who arrives at a castle where a legend goes about an undead creature.And the third story is about a nurse who steals a ring and gets haunted by it’s former owner. Decent movie, recommended for fans of the classics! And yes the band named itself after this movie.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Wurdulaks
Day 7: The Beyond (1981)
Yet again a movie bij one of the Italian masters: Lucio Fulci. And my third Video Nastie this month. A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural “accidents”, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. Interesting story, visually striking but he story lacks somehow. Watch if you want to see a classic.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Deadly Doors
Day 8: Frostbite(2006)
A swedish entry in the month. Taking place during midwinter in a small town in Northern Sweden. This is the ideal environment for Vampires, no sunlight! Orginal idea, much like 30 days of night. In 30 days the vampirs don’t get an origin story, in this movie they get one. Horror movie with splashes of comedy. Great watch, recommended if you like vampires
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Fanged Fiends